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How do I securely tunnel a remote X11 application so that it is displayed on my Windows dektop?

asked Dec 21 '10 at 16:27

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  1. On the Windows client, install an X emulation program (WRQ ReflectionX ®, Hummingbird Exceed ®, or similar).

  2. Start the SSH Tectia Client.

  3. Select Edit -> SSH Tectia Connections Configuration -> General -> Default Connection (or alternatively, a specific connection profile that you will be using), go to the Tunneling tab, and make sure that the Tunnel X11 connections check box is selected.

  4. Save your settings for the SSH Tectia Client.

  5. Quit the SSH Tectia Client, start it again and log into the remote host.

  6. Start the X emulation program following the manufacturer's instructions (for Exceed, look for instructions on starting Exceed in passive mode).

  7. Run xterm or xclock from server terminal prompt, and you should see the X display appear on your desktop.

Note that SSH Tectia Client will internally forward the X11 connection to DISPLAY number 0, so this setting should not be changed in the X emulation program.


answered Dec 21 '10 at 16:31

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